President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the death of Phoebean Ogundipe, the author of prominent English grammar series, Brighter Grammar.
She was a recipient of the National Honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in 1979.
In a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA on Wednesday, Mr Buhari described the life of the prolific writer as one defined by passion for education and uncommon dedication to serve others.
Apart from authoring Brighter Grammar, Mrs Ogundipe also co-authored the New Practical English for Senior Secondary series with P.S. Tregidgo and wrote other books, including Up-country Girl: A personal journey and truthful portrayal of African culture.
The author once served as Deputy Chief Federal Adviser on Education and National Secretary for UNESCO and became the acting director in the Federal Ministry of Education at the time of her retirement.
“President Buhari extends heartfelt commiserations to Ogundipe’s family, friends, the academia, former students of the educationist and indeed all Nigerians, who drank from the fountain of knowledge of the endowed English teacher, ” Mr Shehu said.
Mr Buhari said the author’s meticulous service in the education ministry left an indelible mark in the nation’s education sector, particularly the teaching and learning of the English language.